In the first reading we hear the prophet Habakkuk (1:2-3; 2:2-4) complaining to the Lord. He is experiencing a real trial and wonders why God does not answer his prayers. Even when it seems evil is triumphing, God will be triumphant in the end. God is calling us to a deeper patience, a deeper trust. Times of unanswered prayer are times that God uses to call us to a deeper and more intense life of prayer. Moments of trial are when we have nothing but God. Read More
It is very possible that by the end of the day I could be standing before God at my judgment. Now that you’re awake!…This actually could happen of course to any one of us. I hope it doesn’t, but we never know how much time our Lord is going to give. It’s also true that we need to die to self every single day of our lives, as our Lord calls us to do.
Saint Teresa of Avila reminds us: “Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life, which is short and has to be lived by you alone; and there is only one glory, which is eternal. If you do this, you will stop worrying about many things.”
Not too long after the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 and the deadly shootout in Waco Texas that killed 76, Saint Mother Teresa came to the United States where she addressed the National Prayer Breakfast. She spoke words which we should continue to take to heart: “And if we accept that the mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? … Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love one another, but to use violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.” (she makes these comments starting about 14:50 in the following video) Read More
I hope you find this video to be helpful in having a better sense of the marvelous creation of the human person. Many unfortunately do not take these issues into consideration as the society in which we live seems to be losing any connection with reality.
(note: unfortunately there is some glitch. If you click the link that comes up, it will take you directly to youtube to view the video. I am not sure why it will not embed properly).
Today is the feast day of Saint John Vianney, the patron saint of priests! It’s a great day to celebrate the priesthood and pray for your priest(s). I remember hearing this being read during a conference at a retreat. The retreat master was making the point that of course no priest is perfect. God entrusts this great vocation to weak vessels of clay… Read More
Last week I wrote about the morning offering and the heroic minute. Here are some more considerations about the morning offering:
The morning offering is a really great opportunity to do a little spiritual preparation before the battle of the day. Our first and last thoughts should be of God:
“If you are a good son of God, your first and last thought each day will be for him, just as a little child needs to be assured of the presence of his parents when he gets up in the morning or goes to bed at night” (St. Josemaria Escriva: The Forge, n. 80). Read More
I am going to begin a series of blogposts on different practical ways to grow in the life of prayer. These little practices, or norms, should be part of everybody’s life. If you are looking for ways to grow closer to Christ and respond to His call to be a Saint, here are some ideas to concretely say “yes” to drawing closer to our Lord in daily life. In drawing closer to Him, we can then respond to His call to convert the world. One soul at a time, beginning with our own souls!
If we look at each day as a microcosm of our whole lives, it makes sense to look at the very first thing we do each day: wake up and get out of bed. How does that process go? Do you hit the snooze button 10 times, or perhaps immediately check your email/phone/twitter feed?
Saint Josemaria has lots of good insights that are challenging, spiritual, and practical. Read More